Friday, June 24, 2005

Well, wasn't that exciting?

Spurs win game 7, capturing their third NBA title in 7 years. Very good news, indeed. That was one heck of a rubber match--I remember watching the Rockets slug it out with the Knicks back in '94, and this one was much the same. Very fitting for a series that started out with four blowouts. I'm just glad they don't have to play Ben Wallace again--that man is a monster in the paint. Detroit's got a rugged team, and I wouldn't be surprised in the least if these two teams meet again in the finals next year.

I'm a little miffed at Duncan being picked MVP. Yes, he had the numbers. Statistically, he was the best player in the series. But if you look at the actual influence he had on the various game outcomes, it's obvious he had sub-par performances in game 3, 4, 5 and 6. Ginobili stumbled in games 3 and 4, but had a tremendous game-changing influence in the other contests. He was the breakout star of this series, and probably deserved the MVP nod. But the Spurs spread around the heroics so much that it's hard to say there was a clear-cut favorite. I mean, Robert Horry saved the entire series in game 5 for San Antonio. How do you weigh that?

In any event, it's a pity I'm leaving for Houston tomorrow. There's not a city in North America that knows how to party like San Antonio. They throw a fiesta at the drop of a hat: "I hear they got a new stoplight on Nacogdoches Avenue. Whoo hoo! Break out the margarita machines!" I'm watching the news as I type this, and Interstate 37 is backed up, bumper-to-bumper, as pretty much everyone in the city tries to cram into downtown and the Riverwalk at the same time. And they'll do it all again on Saturday for the victory parade. Whoo hoo!

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